over twenty years of innovation
  • Who We Are

    Artlogic is a long-established art technology firm working with hundreds of galleries, artists and collectors worldwide. We provide beautiful websites, a fully featured inventory management system, an iPhone and iPad app, and a mailing system. All of our products integrate seamlessly with one another, reducing repetitive data entry and ultimately giving owners more time to think creatively, increase sales and grow their businesses.

    We pride ourselves on the exceptional quality of our design work and on delivering solutions that go beyond the client's expectations. We have expertise in many creative sectors and we are adept at understanding an organisation's needs and thinking out the implication of functional and design decisions from an end user's perspective.

  • Our History

    From the early days of the 'world wide web'
    Peter Chater with Michael Craig-Martin
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    1989 - 2004

    The early years

    Although Artlogic was formally incorporated in 1999, its roots in the art-world go back much further. In 1989, co-founder Peter Chater joined the fledgling Karsten Schubert Gallery in London, one of the first galleries to show Damien Hirst and his contemporaries. Peter’s many years of experience as a gallery assistant and later a director at Karsten Schubert gave him a solid understanding of the art business. Seeing an opportunity to streamline work at the gallery, in 1990 Peter began creating a contacts database, the first component in what would soon become a fully-fledged art gallery database solution. He named his new system 'Artlogic' and it quickly caught the attention of other dealers like Victoria Miro who, at that time, occupied a small gallery in Cork Street, London.

     

  • The Early days

    The Early days

    Co-founder Peter Chater at Karsten Schubert Gallery in 1992 with a Sarah Lucas photograph

    Peter at Karsten Schubert Gallery in 1992 with a Sarah Lucas artwork

  • My first task as assistant at the Karsten Schubert Gallery was to scrub a Damien Hirst wall painting off the wall - an act of destruction that shocked me at the time. The painting was a 'dot painting' of the type that Hirst showed at Freeze - the exhibition he famously curated the previous year, launching the careers of the artists who would later be labelled the 'Young British Artists' or YBAs.

    PETER CHATER, ARTLOGIC CO-FOUNDER

  • The gallery shelves were lined with immaculate black box files, whose contents contained the keys to running a contemporary art gallery: photographic records, inventory sheets, artist CVs, neatly cut out press clippings. Everything was done on paper back then - the entire art world ran on typewriters.

    PETER CHATER, ARTLOGIC CO-FOUNDER

    PETER CHATER WITH MICHAEL LANDY 1994
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    1995 - 2005

    ARTLOGIC MEDIA LTD IS ESTABLISHED 

    In 1995, to meet the demand of his digital and design skills, Peter left Karsten Schubert Gallery and set up his own business, trading under the name Artlogic. From 1998, Peter began a series of database-driven website projects for the British Council and other clients. In 1999 he landed a large website project for an international TV sales organisation, requiring him to set up a Limited company and work with a team. The scale of the job was big enough for David Hooper join him from a career in literary publishing and they founded the company as equal partners.

  • Strangely, our problem in the beginning was not what we could do online, but persuading people that it was a good idea. 'Cloud computing' is commonplace now, but back then, it did not even have a name and some long-established art firms were especially cautious.

    DAVID HOOPER, ARTLOGIC CO-FOUNDER

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    2006 - 2015

    TAKING THE ART WORLD ONLINE

    By 2006, and with the backing of earlier adopters Victoria Miro Gallery in London and Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco, the first online version of Artlogic was launched. New clients for the online version rapidly followed. "We used to call Artlogic Online 'the future of art gallery systems' because it was the model of how things would be," David explains.  "Ten years later, we don't need to explain it any more." 

    Alongside the database, Artlogic's growing web team has gained a reputation for creating outstanding websites for the art world under the leadership of Tom Brickman, director of Design and Web Development since 2006.

  • Looking To the Future

    Over the past few years Artlogic has grown dramatically, thanks in part, to the introduction of a suite of lower cost entry level products, the intention being to work with a broader range of fine arts organisations at an international level. The company now has a large team of bright, talented and committed team members who bring a constant freshness and high production values to their work.

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